Category Archives: Catholic Family

Brotherhood and Community are Worth the Effort

I had a super busy weekend, and I hope that your weekend was a good one. If not, please consider leaving a prayer request.

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Entitlement Should Not Be a Thing

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Today is Free Comic Book Day.  So, I took two of my kiddos to the comic book store.  By the way, if you’re reading this on May 2, there is still time to get to your shop and take advantage of this really cool offer (at least one free comic book and usually great deals on other stuff).  Back to my story.  So, I was at the comic shop and I was super excited to know that there was a Captain Canuck as well as a Doctor Who comic in the freebie list.  I was walking around and looking at the books, both free and non, and then I heard something irritating.

Ugh!  Your free wi-fi signal is too slow.  This is really bad.

I thought to myself, “This is a public commercial property.  They are under no obligation to provide you ANY wi-fi, and you are complaining about the speed?  Don’t you have a smartphone in your hand…the kind that requires a data plan?”

This woman and her husband walked past the cool cosplayers in their hand made outfits (really good job, folks!) to the rack containing the selection of free comics.  The owner explained the rules to a group of us who had walked in.  Everyone gets a free comic just for breathing and being inside the store.  If you purchase $4 of merchandise, you get one of each of the free titles.  That means 50 comic books for $4.  Can you guess where this story is going?

Ugh!  That is ridiculous.  You mean they are not all free?  I have never had to pay for any of the comics on free comic book day.  The other stores don’t make you pay to get more than one [Yes, they do].  We have done this for years and they never made us pay.  Are you serious?

Hulk……anger……rising………Must……not……smash……larynx.

The more I listened to the lame rant of this lying “customer” the more I suspected that she was likely going to each of the area comic stores to get additional copies of the comics for resale later.  That made me a little angry, but I also thought to myself, “Wifi Lady just has to pluck down $4 (buy the new Iron Fist) and she gets 50 COMIC BOOKS FOR FREE!  So if she goes to the 3 local stores that I know of, for a mere $12, she can walk out with 153 COMIC BOOKS.  Greed much, lady?”

After that rant, the lady and her companions took their one free book each and departed.  Guess $4 was too much to pay for 51 comics.  I just consulted my calculator.  That comes down to 7.8 cents per comic!   Guess what we did.  We bought some comics.  In fact, my son bought 3 books anyway and got one for his sister.  So we left with 53 books that my kids (after I filter the stack) can share.  I also learned that Q from STNG will be coming to the Memphis Con in November.

There is a disease in this country (possibly others, but I only really know about ‘murica) called entitlement.  Here, that means that men, women, and children are being taught that they are owed something for which they themselves did not work, toil, or prepare.  They merely want it and expect someone else to provide it.  Entitlement is closely related to greed, sloth, gluttony, and consumerism.  All are disordered and sinful.  They fail to take into account the feelings or work of another in order that they may mindlessly consume, in this case, comic books.  The disease of entitlement runs rampant in America.  In fact, in some areas of our country, entitlement is used as a means to build a dependent class of society, a voting block that has been indoctrinated to believe that apart from the government’s hand they can do nothing.  Entitlement unchecked grows like a cancer.  It fuels illogical resentment and creates enemies out of everyone.

What can we do to stop this?

It starts at home, and by “home” I mean wherever you happen to be.  You can be at Wal-Mart, your house, your office, or the ballpark.  Start with yourself and your own attitude towards goods and services.  Know and appreciate the things you have and the means by which they arrived at your disposal.  Refuse to abuse goods and services.  Say THANK YOU.  Don’t be a butt to persons.  In fact, be a good tipper and a courteous customer.  Teach your kids the value of goods, services and the virtues of a hard day’s work.  Be a good example of hard work to your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and especially your family.  We can do this.

Don’t be like the wifi lady.  Be better than that.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to write a note of thanks to the owners of my local comic shop.

Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 025: Sheep?

If Tommy jumped off a cliff would you follow?

What are we supposed to do? Should we follow, question, refuse, or what? What role does trust and faith play? What of authority issues?

We are going to talk sheep, shepherds, brains, zombies, parenting, bad bosses and more tonight at 9pm. Join us.

http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv/live

 

Website Review 003: Internet Movie Database

Tactical Catholic’s Review of Internet Movie Database

URL: http://www.imdb.com

You already know about imdb? Well of course you do. The internet movie database has been around for a while. What you may not have noticed is how IMDB has rolled with the times to adapt and improve its offerings. In fact, I would say this is one of the most fluid sites out there.

IMDB has a great responsive design that hugs whatever screen you choose to use. This morning, I loaded it on my lumia and it looks great. On my Surface it looks fantastic, and it even looks good on my old CRT Dell.

On IMDB you can find info on pretty much every legitimate movie ever made. Actors, directors, etc are cross referenced so you can see what other movies are out there or what other actors have done. Loads of photos, a plot summary, trailers, and reviews. My favorite feature, however, is the Parental Guide.

Parental Guide is a non-religious breakdown of a film’s contents. From here parents can check the levels of violence, language, sexual content, etc. Witbout spoiling the plot, I can usually determine if this film is worth my time or of it is chock full of bad stuff. You can also use this to check out a movie, show, or even VIDEO GAMES before your kid sees or hears something you don’t want them to see or hear.

Yes, I like the box office stats, and finding showtimes is handy, but I am telling you that the Parent Guide and reviews is my favorite.

Use IMDB and enjoy the movies again.

Website Review 002: TouringPlans.com

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Tactical Catholic’s Review of TouringPlans.com

URL: http://www.touringplans.com

I have actually been using the information from TouringPlans.com to help me plan Disney trips since about 2003, so this is a site I’m quite familiar with.  However, it wasn’t nearly as powerful as it is now.  This website has exploded with information and tools in the last five years and you’re gonna love it.

If you like Walt Disney World and you’d like to visit Orlando within the next 12 months, you need to use TouringPlans.  The geniuses there have compiled all the best information from their own research as well as other helpful web resources so that you have the absolute best Disney World data at your fingertips.  What’s more, they put out a book with even more detailed information on the parks and Orlando (including Universal parks).  The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is an annual purchase in my house so that I’m aware, even if we aren’t travelling to Florida that year, of all the new things and any modifications to the parks. Yes, I am a nerd, but even non-nerds will benefit from the helpful information contained in the book.

However, this is a web review, not a book review. Here are a few of the helpful tools available to you through TouringPlans.com.

Multiple Destination Information

At TouringPlans you can find information about Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Lines, Universal Orlando, and Disneyland.  Detailed data for each park is provided.

  • Find best times to visit with detailed park attendance predictions.  It’s based on years of collected data and its amazingly accurate.
  • Dining menus, restaurant reviews, and calculators to help you find the best meal options for your trip
  • Touring plans for each park to help you maximize your fun time and reduce the time spent waiting in lines.
  • Ticket information and ways you can find the absolute best prices on park admission

Lines Mobile App

The Lines app (available for Android, iOS, or as a web application) is a great tool to use in the parks with live information for ride wait times, customizable touring plans, menus and prices for all restaurants and snack vendors, and fun ways to interact with other Disneyphiles while you play.  If you’re a subscriber to the touringplan service, you can do even more.  Even the free features of the app are fun and helpful.

Hotel Data

This is a cool feature that I’ve always loved, and now it’s better.  Not only does the research team at TouringPlans provide reviews and ratings of every hotel, motel, and resort around Orlando, they also provide helpful details such as

  • room dimensions
  • noise levels
  • lighting
  • ease of access
  • considerations for persons with special needs
  • pools
  • amenities
  • customer service
  • pillows (no joke)

My favorite feature for the Disney World Resort hotels is the ability to not only see what the inside of a room looks like, but what the view FROM the room looks like.  EVERY ROOM IN THE PARK!

In a nutshell, if you’re planning a Disney trip you need to use TouringPlans.com.  On a personal note, if you’re planning a trip in the next 12 months, start as early as you can in order to get the best deals.  If you need advice about making a plan or when to go, or ages for kids, contact me because I love to talk about Disney parks.  I also recommend you buy the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.  It’s like $20 but it is full of cool stuff.

Personality Types Are Good to Know

Dale and Lisa at SurvivalistPrepper.net put out a great podcast this week on the topic of personality types. I want you to go to download it right now.

I have been inspired by Dale and Lisa to do a show on personality types in the family. So be looking for that on the podcast in the coming weeks.

Why are you still here? Go listen to them and come back in a few.

Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 018

Coming up tomorrow on the Tactical Catholic Podcast…

Lent. It’s Ash Wednesday, and Lent has begun. We can discuss Mardi Gras, Fish Fry, Lenten penances, fasting, chocolate, and a whole lot more.

Don’t give this podcast up for Lent. Add it and promise to join us weekly.

Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 016

Live tonight at 9pm central we will discuss the Superbowl, nachos, youth sports, the hidden danger of ribbon, a d the virtue of wrestling (always).

Also, you will learn why I must despise Disney now. It’s true.

Join us tonight at http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv.

Download us on iTunes, Stitcher, Tunein, YouTube. We are everywhere! Leave us some feedback would ya?

Thoughts from a Catholic

Go read this right now. https://thoughtsfromacatholic.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/winning-back-the-youth-of-the-catholic-church/

Now!

Last Brain Exercise for 2014

Catholic men should be spending 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should do the same. Here are my suggestions for 12/31/2014.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 31
◾Psalm 31

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.

Proverbs 31 is about a virtuous woman. Take some time today to meditate on your spouse and your marriage. Thank God. Pray for your spouse. Count your blessings.

Not married? Pray for your vocation. If you are called to marriage, pray for your future spouse. If you are called to celibacy, pray for the relationships you have. If you are called to religious life or the priesthood, pray for the Church.

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.